South Africa Nature Reserves : Game Reserves and National Parks
South African nature reserves and national parks have breathtaking scenery, and offer great outdoor activities. Pack up the tent or book a chalet and load up with provisions and head into the bush with the whole family.
With the wealth of nature reserves and national parks on offer how do you choose where to go? Our Popular Interests will help make the choice easy. From adrenaline junkies to family groups there is a destination to suit everyone.
South Africa nature reserves and national parks are stunning in the scope of their landscapes, flora and wildlife. All Reserves have been categorized by the South African province they are located in. Or use our helpful guide to Nature Reserves near South African towns
The Travel Tips & Advice and advice section provides useful information that will help you have a trouble free holiday and find the best spots for a selection of interests.
Your Ultimate Guide to South African Nature Reserves
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is world-renowned as South Africa's most famous national park, and consists of nearly two million hectares of wilderness. It has the greatest diversity of wildlife in the region and offers excellent affordable and luxury safari accommodation. It is one of the best places in the country to see the Big Five.
KwaZulu-Natal Nature Reserves
KwaZulu-Natal Nature Reserves offer activities that include exhilarating hikes in the Drakensberg and Big Five safaris in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Combine diving and snorkelling with your safari and discover the wetlands and amazing marine life of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a World Heritage Site.
Eastern Cape Nature Reserves
The Eastern Cape Nature Reserves offer malaria-free game viewing making them an ideal destination for families. Go on exciting adventure activities in the Garden Route National Park. See many Elephants in the Addo Elephant National Park and discover the unique flora of the region which contains all seven biomes.
Western Cape Nature Reserves
Western Cape Nature Reserves include Table Mountain National Park - one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. See the penguins at Boulders Beach, and enjoy excellent birding in the West Coast National Park. Witness the most southern tip of Africa at Agulhas National Park. Set out on spectacular hiking trails in the region.
Northern Cape Nature Reserves
Northern Cape Nature Reserves include vast nature reserves with breathtaking scenery. Come and explore the desert landscape of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and see Oryx and black-maned Kalahari Lion. The Augrabies Falls National Park is home to the thundering Augrabies Waterfalls.
Mpumalanga Nature Reserves
Mpumalanga Nature Reserves offer superb wildlife sightings of Big Five game. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve in Mpumalanga is situated on the Panorama Route which is famous for its incredible scenery; highlights include the Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window.
North West Nature Reserves
North West Nature Reserves boast some of the top wildlife areas in South Africa. Pilanesberg National Park and the Madikwe Game Reserve are close to Sun City making them ideal for day trips. Pilanesberg offers a range of accommodation including safari lodges, bush camps and resorts.
Free State Nature Reserves
Free State Nature Reserves let you discover the splendour of the mountains of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park which is named after how the light reflects off its sandstone peaks. The Park also contains some great Bushmen rock painting sites and is home to the rare bearded vulture.
Gauteng Nature Reserves
Although Gauteng is not known for its National Parks and Nature Reserves, many of the country's most famous parks and reserves in neighbouring provinces can be easily reached from Gauteng. The province is home to Dinokeng Game Reserve which boasts the Big Five wildlife.
Your Guide to Week-end Breaks and Family Holidays in NatureCome and discover the rich biodiversity and untamed beauty of South Africa Nature Reserves and National Parks. From the airy peaks of the Drakensberg, to dense forests, arid deserts and beautiful coastline, there is something for the whole family.
Grab the kids and set out on scenic hiking trails, enjoy bird watching, go fishing, quad biking and mountain biking. The Big Five are closer than you think, many reserves within a couple of hours of the major cities offer spectacular game viewing opportunities.